Health Fairs Set For Sheriff/turnpike Retirees

Will Join State GIC February 1

OCTOBER 9, 2009: Starting February 1, retirees from the Mass Turnpike Authority, as well as from the Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes, Nantucket, Norfolk, Plymouth and Suffolk County Sheriff Departments will receive their health insurance coverage from the state's Group Insurance Commission (GIC). Open enrollment for the GIC plans runs November 2-20th, 2009.

In preparation of this transfer, the GIC is about to hold a series of Health Fairs that are designed to assist retirees in their selection of a new health insurance provider. Unfortunately for those retirees accustomed to being insured with Blue Cross Blue Shield, the BCBS is not a provider under the state plan. However, the GIC does offer ten different non-Medicare and nine Medicare plans from which to choose.